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Grateful Dead Live at Pyramid Arena on 1995-04-02


Topics Live concert


Shakedown Street, The Same Thing, Althea, Memphis Blues*, Tennessee Jed, Promised Land Here Comes Sunshine-> Eternity-> Crazy Fingers-> Estimated Prophet-> Drums-> Space-> The Last Time-> Wharf Rat-> Not Fade Away, E: Unbroken Chain


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Pyramid Arena
Location Memphis, TN

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > DAT > CD
Taped by
Transferred by Chris Larson

Notes

SBD>DAT>CD; Seeded to etree by Chris Larson

Reviews

Reviewer: boogiesessions - - May 12, 2015
Subject: Spring tour 95
Was at this one, jumped on in Phili (why I dunno, I suppose to show Garcia some gratitude for all the years he & this band had gotten my ass out of a slump, or put me on the moon - and still does). the best show of the entire year as far as Im concerned; the Unbroken break-out in March. but also it seemed Jerry was much more "there" and had more bursts of decent playing. I remember a fan screaming at Jerry as they walked out of the building "Great F&*@king show Jerry!" - And i thought; no it wasn't, it was no where near "great." So I concur w/ most sentiments here regarding the 90's wave of newbie-heads. that being said, I also remember Garcia stating one time that his vision of the GD was to be inclusive as opposed to exclusive (for everyone). You know, allotta people bitch about the new heads in each generation that comes bouncing through the scene...however; how much you wanna bet that 20years later, these same people took something from those shows (however "inferior" they were to some - and what a notion to have in one's mind ESPECIALLY in this context...wow) and maybe some have contributed righteously to this planet... I hope newbies that have yet to catch some old tapes & maybe read a book or two regarding this - the peoples - band; wont walk away from reading some of these comments thinking; '...wow seemed like a cool band, but their audience members were assholes...' Which sorta defeats the purpose, yes? Non-judgmental, try to help your brother;s & sisters when possible, acting as a guide when duty calls (so maybe these inferior newbies can be 'cool' like some of the folks posting on this board; and make only the super cool statements and be just super cool, and always right - wait that kind of sounds like the same people your bitching about from 20 years ago who dared to be apart of something from their own viewpoint & maybe participate in their own way...that's weird). Food for thought.
1 last thing for my book: **Any newbies checking this band out... not unlike real life, you gotta take the good with the not so good (and Im not talking just the performances either). Remember children: tolerance = kindness
Reviewer: glynspsa - - January 25, 2015
Subject: Eternity and drums space are excellent
The rest of the show is fair to poor. Jerry blows tons of lyrics plays very well at short bursts but overll not there. Listenable at best.
Reviewer: lstern62 - - August 2, 2014
Subject: reviews
there is no need to write a review unless you have something unique or new to add or if all of a sudden you were overcome with great inspiration........................oh, I forgot. I guess after 57 years and over 7500 dead shows has finally fought up with me. sorry, i think
Reviewer: StThomas - - September 15, 2013
Subject: ...but he tried
There is something that endearingly chills my bones and makes me feel an enormous amount of gratitude for Jerry and his effort to continue touring for us, in spite of his struggles, when I hear him sing "but I try" twice at the end of Crazy Fingers...
Reviewer: themusikisking - - September 7, 2010
Subject: something was missing...i thought it was me
I attended this show. I was just talking about it the other day and decided to look it up. And, here I am. I agree with the posts "just because you went to a Dead show and partied your ass off" does not constitute actually experiencing the show. I also had no desire to be accompanied by men wearing dresses. Although there were plenty of them there??? The Dead hadn't played in Memphis for twenty odd years because of the "riot" that ensued. The Band was displeased and said they would never play Memphis again. Well, never say never, right? Anyway, they performed again. And, the "new Dead followers" reacted in the same manner. Non-ticket holders rushed a door...I was tear gassed (which was interesting to say the least and a good story to tell later)and then rushed to my seat. With that being said, I'm pretty much at the end of the story. The show was not memorable. It had it's moments of decent clarity and soulful Dead rambles. But, overall it was a bunch of young new wanna be "Dead Heads" bouncing around thinking they all had the answers to everyone else's never asked questions. I'm glad to say I "saw" the Dead. I just wish I could say I "EXPERIENCED" the Dead.
Reviewer: DeerCreek_Lawn! - - April 4, 2010
Subject: These Two Shows
These shows sucked! This was the official downfall for me. Carolina was good that tour, but these shows were not!
Reviewer: verylazylightning - - April 3, 2010
Subject: Limps Into Home Plate..But Some Highlights
One of those vexing shows where there's so
many intermittent bursts of quality playing
inside a sea of tired mediocrity that it requires
an attentive ear and a lot of concentration
to achieve a worthwhile listen. Still, flashes
of brilliance obtain......

I like the reviews here, especially the
Supreme Truth cited by Jeff Hucker:

"Just because you attended this show and enjoyed the scene does not make this an inspired performance!"

(Every idiot who writes a review about how
great a show was because he/she partied
themselves blind - which you can do equally
well in your apartment - needs to meditate
on these choice words before writing a review).


and Chris U.'s immortal soundbite:

"The Dead were many things to many people but I can assure you that one thing they were never about is men dressing up in skirts and blouses without irony."

Damn straight, Chris!

and a very sharp new phrase (at least to me)
by phgrant:

"rose-colored speakers"

which really help with '95 GD.
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - - January 28, 2010
Subject: Pathetic...
I read some chatter about this show at the forum and had to hear it for myself.

If this is the best of '95 I cant imagine how bad an average performance from this year could be! Just because you attended this show and enjoyed the scene does not make this an inspired performance!

Jer sounds like William Shatner...
Reviewer: snow_and_rain - - February 27, 2009
Subject: Best show I saw in 95
For what it's worth, this is the best of three 95 shows that I saw. Too bad Jerry felt like he had to sing during this era, because his playing was actually pretty decent in many cases.

This is a high-quality (and dare i say great) Estimated -- has to be among if not the best of 95. Lots of energy and great exploratory jamming. Jerry seems to want to make up for a pretty weak Crazy Fingers. Last Time -> Wharf Rat also works surprising well. The middle of Set II is where this show shines.

Other than that, Shakedown is worth a listen. There are some other nice moments. Unbroken is nice, but not quite there. A tough song to play live I guess.

I'm giving it four stars for 95. No more than three overall though.
Reviewer: FreeWorld - - August 16, 2008
Subject: April 1st and 2nd in Memphis 1995
Granted that the last tour has many low points, but these two shows, to me, signify the true flexibility of the band. This was the first time that Grateful Dead had played in Memphis since 1972. Not only was the band playing in Memphis, but they were playing inside of a pyramid. The significance of the pyramid had been held by many of the "heads",; hence, the performance in 1978 in front of the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt.

The structure of both shows really testifies to the respect that the band had toward local lovers, and vice versa. So many "river", "Memphis" references in these two shows exemplifies the bands understanding of where they were and its' import.

The audience response (esp. 4-1-1995), gives so much back to the band. Though the recordings may not be the best, the soul/funk of Memphis music oozes out of Grateful Dead and was unreal for those two nights in Memphis.

I love both of these shows and recommend anyone who listens to sit back for several hours and just listen to both of them.
Reviewer: smgarcia - - July 28, 2008
Subject: This is a great show...
...for 1995. It's quite enjoyable to listen to. The sound is excellent, perfect mixing, Welnick is low on the vocals (yes). Many good versions of all songs. To the guy who asked to find a better version of Estimated Prophet, the first one will always be the best one for me. 1977-02-26 Swing.
Reviewer: Chris U. - - February 19, 2008
Subject: What the hell is a "gourmet apple"?
The Dead were many things to many people but I can assure you that one thing they were never about is men dressing up in skirts and blouses without irony.
Reviewer: sbanbury - - February 18, 2008
Subject: I sure miss it
This was my last show. Listening to it now--thanks Archive--I'm crying.

"There are things you can replace and others you cannot"

From '89 'til '95 my life was surfing, climbing, skiing, hiking, environmental activism and dancing. The Grateful Dead was my constant companion. Their music and song were a soundtrack to my pursuits of heights, passions and loves.

My wife, Amy, and I came together at this show.

I had just met her that February after returning to Memphis from a stint in the Bay Area that culminated in a run of shows in Oakland and LA. I had returned to Memphis to apply what I had learned working with non-profits in the Bay Area to the environmental and social justice problems in Memphis and the Mid-South.

I met her in an art supply store where I was picking up paint for a faux finishing job and I knew when I saw her that she was the one--I'd seen her before in my mind's eye during a very ecstatic experience at a show a few years earlier in Tempe, AZ (the night before they brought H.C. Sunshine out of retirement). She was so young and beautiful, the first thing I asked was where she went to school (I wanted to find out if she was old enough for me). She told me that she had just dropped out of Auburn U, which instantly reminded me of an oft-repeated figure of speech that a friend who attended Auburn would use--"I sure do love those Sugar Magnolias".

I only got to see her once before I left Memphis again to go see shows in Salt Lake and Oakland, and when I asked her for something to take with me, Amy gave me a kiss.

Here's where things really get wild. After the last Oakland show, I went down to the gas station next to our hotel with a sign that said "Carry me back to Tennessee" and the very first folks that offered me a ride were going straight back to Memphis. What's more, half way home we realized that they were the roommates of Amy's current boyfriend! Can anyone say synchronicity?

Anyhow, my friends in Memphis had gotten me a ticket for April 2nd but not one for April Fools. Oh well, I asked Amy to go on our first date that night anyway. I'd always been able to figure out a way to get in and I figured I'd have no problem at all in my "hometown".

I wanted to show her what the Dead were really all about, so I dressed in a lovely skirt and embroidered blouse and painted my face with lotus blossoms, roses and winding vines and we went down to the show with a friend who had a 3 foot wok and sacks of veggie goodness. He stir fried and I handed out bowls of free food all afternoon until the show started--whoops, I had forgotten to get Amy and I tickets.

So instead of going in at my wife's first show, we sat on the bluff next to the Pyramid and enjoyed watching the lot scene until some local evangelicals started bull horning about how the Dead was the voice of the devil. Well, that didn't sit right with me, so forgetting how I was dressed and my face painted, I went up and recited St. Stephen to them. This confused them to no end and they stopped preaching their ignorance and let me recite and explicate several of Robert Hunter's songs for them.

A crowd had gathered so I turned my attention to the heads and started reciting "And I Know You" from the Terrapin Station Suite as I descended the bluff to the parking lot where I could see a large drum circle starting to form. As I recited it, I heard one person ask, "who's that?", another reply "Robert Hunter" and then another "no, he's way older than that". Upon reaching the end of the song and the bottom of the bluff, the drum circle went crazy. I had a half dozen or so gourmet apples in my backpack so I started passing them around the circle and was overjoyed to see several of the evangelicals taking bites from them while they danced. When my friends finally got out of the show they said they had seen me on the video screens inside with an image of someone else's sign merged in that said "Need's a Saturday Ticket." Ha Ha!

My wife and I fully enjoyed the show the next night (this one) and couldn't have asked for a better one for her only show. After it was over, we took our beer, weed and whiskey down to a homeless camp under the bridge and spent the rest of the night drinking with and listening to the stories of some less fortunate friends.

This was a great show and we're sad it was our last.

If I've been a long time gone
It's not that love of you
has been forsaken or forgot
or halved and broke in two
Outside major darkness
where the circle is complete
there's no fear that lovers born
will ever fail to meet
Reviewer: DTSECOFR21 - - November 9, 2007
Subject: It unfortunately came down to money
By the time this show occurred, the Dead were way past their prime (unfortunately) and it basically boiled down to money at that point. It was really a shame. Gone were the day of the theatres and in came the stadiums. Face it, the Dead were not a stadium band. Late in 1985, a "different", somewhat violent element began to become part of the festivities. This element basically retired me as a dead head (although I saw several shows in 1986, I felt the end coming). My first show was in Springfield, MA on 4/23/77 and I got hooked. Between 1977-1987, I saw 175 shows; every from the Capitol in NJ, to the Stanley in PA, Fox in Atlanta, Greek, Frost, MSG, & Red Rocks. I have few regrets of seeing only a few local shows after that. I regret that I regret never having seen some of the songs they brought back or had never played. I regret never seeing Jerry in shorts. I was lucky enough to see the Dead play in what I believe, for the most part, to be in their prime. As for this particular show, it has a very nice setlist, but as many of the shows from this era, things sound forced and strained, lacking the energy they possessed from 1977 - 1985. I urge everyone to to listen to shows from that era. Regardless, we all like the Dead, and that's the main thing. :-)
Reviewer: ravikirans - - November 8, 2007
Subject: But He Tried
All the criticism by a bunch of people that have never had the burden of carrying a huge group of people economically, socially, or spiritually for 30 years are in no position to judge Jerry in his latter years. To me there will always be something beautiful hearing Jerry try so hard for us regardless of his difficulties. At the end of Crazy Fingers, the second "I try", if that isn't good enough for you and doesn't put a tear in your eye, know now that never got what it was all about.
Reviewer: kcjibberjabber - - September 2, 2007
Subject: shakedown
i woke up & my girlfriend & I got out of the van & headed down some side street by the pyramid only to find some drooling loony stagger up to us and offered a puddle and before my sleep-weary mind could figure out what was happening my palm was quickly upturned and moistened by a peculiar clear liquid.
ah, though we were shut out this nite, i did make a great connection who supplied us with wonderful brown blotter that was unperf'd basically mop up, but WOW! shit, took us all the way to Seattle and we got to eat so much good food from there on out. no more damn grill cheese(not that there's anything wrong w/grilled cheese) .........
"......well, well, well you can never tell...."
i miss jerry
Reviewer: zingo - - June 15, 2007
Subject: April Fool's in Memphis
We were all wondering..what is the joke gonna be? 2 years befoe on April Fool's in Orlanda the joke was on us cause we didn't get a show. Mickey Hart's father passed away and the night was canceled.

I lived in Memphis at the time and I have to say that the weeks leading up to this weekend were ELECTRIC. The vibe was flowing and everyone was knee deep in the pudding.

The first night we got dosed at the Brownstown Hotel CHECK IN COUNTER!

The cops were very cool on shakedown street, doiong their best to smile and let everyone have a time.

'Bucket' was the opener and we were off! Bob did 'take me to the river' and at that point we knew we were in for a special weekend.

My g-friend and I cried during Wharf Rat.

I lost a job over these shows and have never regretted one minute.

Beale street was great. Truly a moment in time I will never forget :)

zingo

cmozi7@yahoo.com
Reviewer: Garcia/Kimock Fanatic - - December 1, 2006
Subject: Pretty good for 1995!
But.....If you want a great Estimated...well, ya gotta listen to a HOT 1977-1980 Estimated!!! nothing compares.

There are some cool moments in this show...but overall, at least in my "head", it's hard to compare the beautiful sound with the decent performance. I give 3 for performance and 6 for sound quality of the board.
Reviewer: phgrant - - November 30, 2006
Subject: rose colored speakers
This is definitely a good show, and 'for 95' is probably an excellent show. But 5 stars? I beg to differ. Crazy Fingers>Estimated is pretty hot
Reviewer: dreece - - November 27, 2006
Subject: Got a dime?
I was moving a few things from here to there this afternoon, managed to drop a box that contained all my old ticket stubs, and guess which was the last one I picked up?
I've been trapped back in 70's land (like most of us) but I gave this SBD a listen today, and I was quite shocked. I remember that this show was probably one of my favorites of the 95' spring tour, and as far as "re-listen" goes, it's a spectacular SBD... especially the second set... and, yes, for even 95'.
One cool thing to note was that I recalled the noodling after "Last Time" was almost identical to that of 3/18 in Philly two weeks prior... I remember even turning to my friend Mark and saying, "Hey... it's 'Visions' again," but they went into "Wharf Rat", which actually turned out to be quite stellar. Listen to the 3/18 "Last Time->Visions" and this show's "Last Time->Wharf Rat" and you'll hear it.
Anyway, it's a bummer that "they" have slammed the door on downloading via this site, but this show is "out there", and as far as 95' goes- get it. Shame for those of you who missed it... I had second row seats on Phil's side for this one... section 1, row B, seat 36. Very cool. God bless GDTS.
Reviewer: cocheese - - August 16, 2006
Subject: born in the wrong decade!
I have been listening to the Dead since I was around 10 or 11, and loved it ever since I first heard the first notes of Tennessee Jed. Being that I was born in 1980, I wasn't exactly old enough to go out tour when they were still kicking. When I was 15 my parents told me I could go to a Dead show with my older brother, who had been going out on tour for a couple of years by '95, but only if it was in our home state of Tennessee. So finally my dreams had come true, we had tickets to this show! I was super hyped for it, but 2 days before we were to head out a terrible tragedy occured......my brother got arrested. He ended up spending a week in jail, and I missed my last chance to see the band that mezmerized me for the first note. Of course we all know the terrible tragedy that happened in Aug. of 95. But hey that's what our imaginations are for, right? I have seen The Dead, Phil, and Bobby and Ratdog several times, but I never got hear those sweet licks coming from stage left in person. Thank God for this archive and for the tapers out there!
Reviewer: Johnyhussle - - July 2, 2006
Subject: Born To Be a Bachelor
" . . .now I try to catch her." Been lurking here for years. Just joined today. Thanks to all for wonderful input and vibrations regarding all shows posted. This show has special meaning in my heart. Over ten years have past - feeling still remains. Miss you Althea - you know who you are. Also - remember pullin in gas station in downtown Memphis to get some smokes - black dude rolls up and says: "You the dirtiest ass white folk I've ever seen." I took it is a compliment and headed down to Tom Sawyer Campground with my girl. 5 for mems and Althea. Peace. JM
Reviewer: JERICHOEYES - - June 8, 2006
Subject: ESTIMATED PROPHET*(^$@$*(^@(&^(^&@(*^$(
<<<<<<>>>>>>

i have listened to many if not most versions of ESTIMATED PROPHET offered in this archive.

EXCLAMATION: THIS is best performance of ESTIMATED PROPHET ever.

Challenge: provide me with the date of a verifiable better version than that which is supplied here In the Pyramid. you can't.
Reviewer: blue_light_rain - - May 6, 2006
Subject: Shit! where do ya even start with this one.
One of my best life memories started out ice fishing on Lake Huron and ended in Memphis. Never had such a goodtime neither! I generally icefish all winter, and this time I was saving up perch, and I'd put it up in the freezer. Next thing ya know I had me 35 pounds of skinned/fillet yellow belly perch. Then the crew of friends 25 strong decided we were all going to Memphis. All of us were from Ann Arbor cept my younger brother from Lauderdale. He flew up to Memphis, the rest of us ragtag outfit drove ourselves in style. Anyway for fun and inspiration I grabbed up a couple of industrial deepfriers several sacks of potatoes and all that fish, every bit of it.

We rode into Memphis on March 30th and found our way to Motel 6 the whole crew and we took up most of the second floor. This place was right smack in the middle of the Memphis Ghetto. LOL, I ain't kiddin. Now we were second in the bunch to arrive behind my brother Steve who flew in and took a cab from airport. He got bored alone as he was so he went for a walk. Up the street 2 miles or so was "Graceland" and he was on a mission. On his way back to the motel he cot hungery when he saw a chicken shack and he bought himself a whole damn bucket of chicken, and kept walking. I was standing up on a balcony watching his aproach and never laughed so hard till I pictured this small framed white man walking alone through the ghetto eating a gadamn bucket of chicken. LOL I'm so glad he didn't get rolled.

Steve ain't with us long and he has us convinced to all go back to "Graceland" and hang out. By this time more friends are arriving and checking in, and we grab several more to go to Graceland with. By the time we got to Evlis's pad there were people laying out on the front lawn partying, the whole place was tyedyed with a few rednecks running around looking terribly confused. That was truly a sight to behold. On the way back we stopped a a grocery called Piggly Wiggly for some beers, and I swapped some old black guy behind the butcher counter his Piggly Wiggly apron for a couple bags of perch. It's cool, still use it today. Later that evening we all went to BB Kings joint on Beal street and ate a pile and a half of ribs, cept for my wife is a vegitarian. "Thats the indian for "bad hunter". Soon after, I started getting food poisning from scattered, smothered, covered, topped, chunked, and diced, over at Waffle House in Kentucky. I had to hit the sack early while the rest of them painated the town.

The next day was slow and pretty much uneventful was the usual hanging out around the venue all day and drank more beer than we needed. The onie thing I noticed about Memphis was the complete open arms welcome of the local people are the definition of true Southern hospitality. Even the cops were nice folks, and I have never admitted that anywhere in my life. I could live amongst those people, no problem. The show there the first night was first rate, and I specially liked "Take me to the River" We ran into Owsley that night and he was a total dickhead as usuall. I doubt that sour old man has ever had a real friend in his life. We got rid of him promptly, he's a real bummer when your trying to have a good time. After the show there we went down to the Beal street festivel, that was tha balls! Steve and I ended up working security at the door for Bo Diddley in some bar. The place was packed over capacity and we had to stop letting people in. We never made it back to the Motel 6 till 5 in the morning. No fry that night, we hit the sack.

The next day we did a late b'fast and went down to the peobody and watched the ducks take the elevator and march about. Then back to the venue for more fun and frolics around a large statue of Ramses. The show that night was outstanding, I mean they went right for the meat and potatoes right off the get. Me and Steve were sitting on the steps staring down into the pyramid when some tall skinny guy walked over and handed us each a square and said enjoy, it's fresh. LOL we were off to the races in 10 min's I swear, and it was the kind that hung in there for days. Encore Unbroken Chain, my first and last brought me to my knees. After thast show this young couple invited us to some back country revival that started like midnight. I figured like wtf, lets go, but all pf a sudden Steve says to me, "Hey Joe! what about all that gadamn fish? Everyone is leaving in the morning, we gotta get back to motel 6 and fry." So we high tails it back there and people knew, they were all there licking thier chops and waiting when we hopped out of that cab. Right away we turned oni the deep fryers, whopping up beerbatter, slicing and dicing potatoes, mushrooms , and eggplants. one fryer cooked up vegies while the other fryed up perch filets as fast as I could. At one point I had a line out the door of the room, and down the hall and around the corner. Even house security was in line holding a plate, talking about low sodium on his. Now thats fukin livin. We trashed that room so bad with greese on the walls, floors, and celings, I think we all chipped in and tipped housekeeping like a c note.

I think I cried when Steve got in a cab at 6 am to head for home, everyone else was a sleep. The 2 of us never slept that night. That was our very last show. Most memorable.
Reviewer: havanabanana - - April 17, 2006
Subject: Wharf Rat
ok listening to the memphis wharf rat for the first time since that night. oh my god "ill get up and fly away" i broke into tears. this is a very good wharf rat. excellent. jerry wasn't on too well that night but he's right there with this one!!

this was my last show too.... boo-hoo.
Reviewer: gruUbic - - April 4, 2006
Subject: GS 4/2/1995
Had a tix to Soldier Field end of summer tour. My buddies from Meeshigan didn't wanna make the drive in the end, so we didn't go --

In retrospect neither show was much better than average...

but
...this Memphis show ended up being my last

WAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
Reviewer: jfk62 - - December 31, 2005
Subject: SBD at deadboots.com
I just downloaded the SBD. It sounds really good. Clear and crisp. Starts with a very long and swinging Shakedown St.- Jerry forgets half of the lines, but it still sounds fantastic anyway.
Reviewer: cheezhed - - December 21, 2005
Subject: i enjoy this
highly recommend someone listen to this over any other show I have heard in 1995, but then again I am by no means a big dead fan.
Reviewer: doc drennan - - September 7, 2005
Subject: last show
this show will forever sit still in my heart being my last i still get misty eyed. when does the pain stop? these shows thank god and panic help. im just really grateful for the experience jerry gave me and for the music he left behind,a day doesnt pass without jerrys music playing to my ears and for that i will always be humbled
Reviewer: bettyford - - August 17, 2005
Subject: playback is too fast
just streamed this show to check it out, and the playback is about 50 cents too high -- in other words, it plays fast. Avoid this recording unless you have a way to fix that. (or if you like to hear songs played back faster than they were actually played)
Reviewer: omnihead - - August 15, 2005
Subject: best of spring 95
the energy for this show was amazing. The band obviosly sensed it. Although the Shakedown was lyrically weak and shakey and the Althea was downright horrible, the second set was absolutely amazing. The post-space might be the best of 95. The Last Time is raging, the Wharf Rat is not rushed and fully explored, the NFA sounds like late eighties Dead, and then Unbroken Chain for the encore! The jam out of Estimated is pretty damn good too. I live in Memphis and was just 16 when I saw this show. It was the sixth show I'd seen and my last one. I also accidently smoked DMT during space..thought it was just pot, then BAM! The scariest yet most intense memory of my life.....
Reviewer: Tennjed1972 - - August 7, 2005
Subject: Decent
You ever think you saw a great show, then listen to the recording and feel a little disappointed? That's how this one is for me. Shakedown is huge, though it gets bogged down by that ubiquitous Welnick groove near the end. The first set also had some local color in Memphis Blues > Tenn. Jed, which was cool (despite my handle, I'm not actually from Tennessee). They closed the first set with Promised Land, which makes me wonder if Chuck Berry wrote the song just so the Dead could finish first sets with it. Anyway, Bob went through the list of Sun Belt towns, none of which were in Tennessee, and got a nice reaction from the audience (at least in my area) when he mentioned Birmingham -- the next stop on the tour. The second set, alas, is rather forgettable, although Last Time > Wharf Rat works surprisingly well (it seemed like an odd sequence at the time, maybe that's just me). But I just loved hearing the encore of Unbroken, which I think was the second ever, and was my first... that's a very positive ending.
Reviewer: Trannyman - - July 13, 2005
Subject: Top 5 of 95
Despite the average songlist (except Shakedown), this show is one of the best of 1995. And a great recording too.
Reviewer: SYFYS - - June 28, 2005
Subject: hmm
i was at this show.. shakedown st was indeed the scene outside and near the venue.. it was full blown vending.. hanging out at the peabody watching the ducks leave the fountain.. rolling down to beal st after the show.. funfunfun

shakedown st is really tight and excellent.. jerrys singing is a bit messed up, but musically , he is totally jamming out.. its great.. i really loved these shows.. was an awesome time.. thanks boys!
Reviewer: Dialated Eyes - - May 26, 2005
Subject: The last of the Best
I know that jerry is struggling during the crazy fingers because he is an old man but kicks all of our ases during estimated because he wanted it that way.I love you jerry and cant wait for you to beat the hell out of me in heaven while god breaks out the good stuff!
Reviewer: Dialated Eyes - - May 26, 2005
Subject: The last of the Best
I know that jerry is struggling during the crazy fingers because he is an old man but kicks all of our ases during estimated because he wanted it that way.I love you jerry and cant wait for you to beat the hell out of me in heaven while god breaks out the good stuff!
Reviewer: grtfldad - - April 2, 2005
Subject: Back to Tennessee
Ok - First time reviewer - Gotta LOVE the music archive - I especially enjoy listening to the "this date in history".

I haven't really thought about this event in 10 years. After a good show the night before (I believed the One More Saturday Night Encore was an April Fools joke - but now I think it was because they wanted us to get out in time to enjoy the Beale Street music scene). The other reviews reminded me at lunch I said, feels like a shakedown opener. Have to agree - everyone just knew it was coming.

I definitely remember this being the better of the 2 shows. It's difficult to point out the highlights, as the show was stong throughout (with minor exceptions). The recording here is excellent (as good or better than the sound quality of our upper level mail order seats).
Reviewer: touch heads rule - - April 1, 2005
Subject: .
Reviewer: AikoAllDay - - March 30, 2005
Subject: Better than 4/1
Any show that starts with Shakedown and ends in Unbroken can't be anything but super. Smiles all around for "Memphis Blues Again". First Sunshine for me as well, great two night run.
Reviewer: lobster12 - - March 29, 2005
Subject: better than alabama
just when you think you escaped the first set without yet another Eternity, WHAMMO, they get you in the end.

All i can say is it's better than the disaster that comes the next few nights in bama.
Reviewer: ny dead - - February 4, 2005
Subject: happy or sad?
our ride busted on the way to this show.....sad.finally heard it though....happy.i know everyone wanted the shakedown that night and hey you always get to hear an unbroken encore right? I hope someone got my seats and had a boogie down good time!! lot of love everyone.
Reviewer: indianahead - - January 17, 2005
Subject: April Fools!
Didnt get my mail order for these shows, sat on the phone for what seemed like an eterniteeeeeee and was ready to drive from Indy all night to get tix, when all of a sudden a voice says "Thank you for calling Ticketmaster, how may I help you?" Woooohoooo! We are all goin' to the show! In a pyramid no less! Well, Ive heard horror stories of dead spots with the PA, but we were in the center about 20 rows from the floor and it was crystal clear. (Never figured out how we got such good seats, but then again, even a blind man knows when the sun is shinin') The city welcomed us with open arms, and the boys were on. We boogied all night to Jerry and the boys, and then hit Beal Street to cap it off! It was almost like the after-party in the lot when we used to be able to camp. Four stars for the high times we had in Memphis, and for such solid shows in such shaky times.
Reviewer: Johnny B from Chi-Town - - December 18, 2004
Subject: Headin' Southbound...
I took the trip southbound from the Windy City with two girls from school, it was the first time the Boys played Tenn in close to twenty years. I remember the lot being uncharacteristic of the mayhem that we had all gotten accustomed to. I remember my bare feet sticking to the arena floor, and also the young usher kids being dosed and letting everyone on the floor, with big smiles on their faces. Wow, what a great time.
The band was on point in Memphis, say what you will about the '95 runs, all things considered. It was still the Boys, for better or for worse. The board recording is good, altho maybe has gone thru an analog gen. or two. Altogether, a 4-Star rating.
Reviewer: bweaston - - December 3, 2004
Subject: when i try.....when i try!
Great show, great sound quality, quite possibly the best crazy fingers i've heard. Jerry adds an extra "when i try" after delivering a solid version, then proceeds to deliver with a sweet solo leadind into a kick ass estimated. What a night! You see your just like me and i hope your satisfied!!
Reviewer: stealthhippy - - September 15, 2004
Subject: wow is it really 1995????????
wherever the energy came from this night..we thanked them.....hot with lots of energy, and great sound quality..why the hell couldn't he just play with music........top 1 or 2 of 95...
Reviewer: Gr8ful4theband - - September 1, 2004
Subject: Best show that tour
Stuck inside the pyramid with the memphis blues again.EVERYONE in the building knew Shakedown was
coming.I saw the whole spring tour and they tour the roof off the pyramid that night.


This place is alive!
Reviewer: gutbuckit - - June 17, 2004
Subject: No Unbroken Chain!!
No Track 6/Encore-Unbroken Chain! It's on the setlist & txt file...is the track available somehwere?
Reviewer: Phokus - - June 9, 2004
Subject: solid
the only unbroken chain encore EVER! so what if jer was strugglin' thru it - we drove 17 hours to see these shows. drums and space were exceptional both nights, with space theme for this show and an underwater theme the previous night. overall very worth a listen
Reviewer: Uncle Petrix - - May 28, 2004
Subject: Now this is refreshing...
Very solid show. Great sound quality. In my opinion, this show is much more exciting than the eve of Fools in April. All my friends said the 1st was THE night. Maybe it's cause I wasn't there. I just think this one sounds more focused. Tight Shakedown. The Estimated drips and you just cannot beat Unbroken Chain for an encore!! Bravo!! Bravo!!
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